Simone Hardeman-Jones National Director of Policy and Partnerships

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Simone grew up in a family with deep roots in the state and a lineage of community organizing and service. As a child, Simone saw the value of public service and education through the actions of her family. Her grandmother, a community activist, always challenged her to identify a problem in the world and figure out a way to solve it. As a result, Simone developed a sense of responsibility to create social change at an early age.

Simone most recently served as a deputy assistant secretary for legislative and congressional affairs at the U.S. Department of Education, where she provided strategic advice to U.S. Secretaries of Education Arne Duncan and John B. King, Jr. One of her greatest accomplishments is helping to lead the administration’s efforts to achieve educational equity by reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Prior to this, Simone was a policy advisor in the U.S. Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. In this role, she advised the assistant secretary on policies including educator equity and evaluation systems.

Simone also served in roles ranging from senior education policy advisor to Senator Kay R. Hagan, education policy advisor for Senator Amy Klobuchar, and as director of african american outreach for Amy Klobuchar’s first Senate campaign.

Simone joined E4E because its vision of an equitable and excellent education system is directly in line with her personal mission to advance educational equity for the most disadvantaged.

“E4E is empowering educators to create change and fight for equity, and I am proud to be a part of such important work.”